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April 29, 2014

Heard Around Town: Back in the saddle again


In the years to come all the great events of American history would have a hearing in this building. Nilsson estimates, for example, that a third of the congregation was loyal to the king in 1776, a third consisted of patriots and a third was perhaps home watching the Kardashians and had no opinion.

One thing the original St. Michael’s lost was its pointed steeple, but plans are in the works to replace it.

Well, the selectmen don’t speak French

When Marblehead’s sister city of Grasse, France, notified the town that it had elected a new mayor, the city included an invitation to an event in Grasse. Selectman Judy Jacobi suggested a response congratulating the incoming and outgoing mayors.

“Let’s send one to the old guy,” she said, “and one to the —”

Laughter drowned out the rest. “The old guy?” someone teased.

They decided the town’s liaison to Grasse, French-born Miriam Zuber, can put the response in proper French.

A new kind of Sunday best

Ever have that dream where you get to church and only then do you realize you forget to dress?

Or maybe you just live in Ipswich. Because the Ascension Memorial Church’s Second Annual Pajama Sunday is no dream. It takes place on Sunday, May 4, at 10:15 a.m., and it’s meant to benefit the charity Cradles to Crayons.

It’s a chance to come to church “as you are,” according to organizer Kitty Bartholomew. And in that case we’re all hoping you wear pajamas to bed.

It also honors “The Pajamas of My Dreams” by Ipswich Children’s Librarian Laurie Collins. The charity Cradles to Crayons says it supplies kids, free, “the essential items they need to thrive — at home, at school and at play.”

Let’s hope it warms up by Sunday.

Staff writer Alan Burke can be reached at

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